1. yaum

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    Again, having a faulty old 3DS XL, with a bit of water damage. Nothing seems really off on the motherboard except bits of rust on the top. I have no history about what happened to it.
    When powering it on, I get a steady blue light, not sound. I removed the SD card, tried to boot it with and without game card. I transplanted the motherboard into a working 3DSXL, with the exact same behavior.
    There was a 16Gb SD card in it, with garbled folders and files (random ascii characters).
    I was wondering if the 3DSXL owner could have installed CFW, and that due to water damage when it was in the process of writing to the SD card, contents might have been damaged to the point where console is unable to boot.

    I tried to resed home menu with L + R + Down + B held while powering on without success
    I tried to go in recovery mode without success

    I changed the SD card for one 4Gb working one, put Luma boot.firm and Luma 7.0.5 arm9loaderhax.bin to the root of the SD card, inserted it in, and powered it on. Steady blue light, 2 black screens again...

    @TurdPooCharger : Would you consider the board dead, or do you think I could recover something working from this?
     
  2. TurdPooCharger

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    This could be a case where the previous owner softbricked the 3DS firmware by uninstalling the CFW. Try reviving it with ntrboot.
     
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    EDIT - Your eyes do not deceive you. Finding flashcarts without time bombs are few and far these days.

    You'll need another (o/n)(2/3)DS(i)(XL/LL)(phat/lite) with working DS(i) to reflash the cart into ntrboot mode.

    The time bomb on the R4iSDHC series can be bypassed with YS Menu. The go to ntrboot compatible flashcart for anyone who can afford it would be the R4i Gold 3DS Plus (by www.r4ids.cn), but that model hasn't been in stock in months ( maybe discontinued for good :( ).

    Another good/okay ntrboot option is the Ace3DS Plus; check my signature.
     
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    Thanks @TurdPooCharger , I'll go for the Ace3DS Plus.

    FYI, digitopz does not take visa payment, only paypal through a mail sent to sales. Quite a strange process, does not really make me trust it...
     
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    any site will get banned for selling flashcarts. Thats been the way they have sold flashcarts on any site for years now.
     
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    Did not get an answer from digitopz yet... Hope they are faster to send the flashcart when they get the payment than when replying to my question.
     
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    Never got any answer from Digitopz, but I got a flashcart in a bundle. It's an R4 Upgrade revolution for DS... It's not listed in the compatibility list for NTRBOOT, does anyone knows if I could use it nevertheless?
     
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    if it aint listed. then no, flashing a unlisted card will brick the flashcart making it uselss to you.
     
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    Kind of sad... I was hoping that somehow I would be lucky for this one :)
     
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    UPDATE EDIT October 19, 2020
    @yaum stated there was a misunderstanding in his later below post #12. He never bought or paid for anything from digitopz.com.

    I'm leaving what I originally wrote here for those to see how this conversation played out.

    To Digitopz, I'm sorry for jumping the gun in accusing your business of foul play. It doesn't help that in this shrinking DS flashcart market, bad word of mouth can quickly tarnish reputation and hurt income.

    I, @TurdPooCharger, have added your Ace3DS Plus link back to my signature recommendation list.


    Hey, I'm sorry you got ripped off. You paid for a Ace3DS Plus, and digitopz instead sent you a different product. That's bait and switch. Since digitopz has given you the silent treatment, this can be interpreted that they knew what they did was an underhanded tactic and hoped that you as the buyer would say nothing and accept the given product.

    There are several 'R4 Upgrade Revolution for DS', and all of them are some of the earliest flashcart models. None of these are ntrboot compatible.

    You're not alone in what just happened to you.

    - Digitopz and their related sister websites (digi*) were the main sellers of the Ace3DS Plus and Ace3DS X. [wayback capture]
    - http://www.ace3ds.com/ace-3ds-where-to-buy.html returns a '404 Not found' error as of late.

    This year has seen several flashcart retailers close shop.

    It seems the few that are still in business are selling what dwindling stocks they have left, and they can't seem to resupply their inventory. I think what caused (www.r4ids.cn) to stop making R4 Gold 3DS Plus also occurred to (www.ace3ds.com / Ace3DS Plus).
    The reasons I started recommending the Ace3DS Plus sold by digitopz were,
    • (1) nds-card.com stop selling the R4i Gold 3DS Plus.
    • (2) Ace3DS Plus is ntrboot compatible, cheap, and uses WOOD kernel.
    • (3) All my readings about digitopz suggested it was a reliable retailer.

    Digitopz shouldn't have declared this item as out of stock if they didn't have any at hand, not pull that substitution bad will shit on you. I've now taken that flashcart off my signature's recommendation links.

    @yaum, I don't think digitopz will come clean refunding you your money, shipping a replacement/actual Ace3DS Plus, or renegotiating a compromise (partial refund) since they've kept quiet up to this point. Even then, a single bad deal like this can quickly burn down that trust bridge between buyers ⇄ seller.

    I don't know if my words has much weight but on your next or last e-mail reply to digitopz, link this post to them. They should think very carefully how they want to conduct business going forward even with the pandemic and economic slowdown. A hanky pranky deal here and there might net them some $$$ to eat today, but what about tomorrow when others keep in mind to avoid them?

    ***

    Again, my sincere apologies that my recommendation resulted this. That leaves back to square one in finding another flashcart that's ntrboot compatible. There's the R4iSDHC series found at nds-card.com or aliexpress.

    If you still intend to settle on a flashcart without time bomb, the Ace3DS Plus can be found in a different package form.
     
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    @TurdPooCharger :
    After reading back what I wrote, I must admit that it was misleading.
    I'm very sorry for the misunderstanding, but I never received any message or shipment from digitopz. They never answered my multiple requests to get a payment solution, therefore I never paid anything.
    What I meant is that I bought a bundle (console + games) in which I discovered there was a flashcart, and I was wondering if I could have been lucky with an NTRboot compatible flashcart.

    Again, I deeply apologize for my unclear comment, leading you to spend so much time to write an answer. :bow:

    I'll try to be more precise in my subsequent posts. I bought a games compilation flashcart on aliexpress, I'll ditch the games, but will finally be able to flash NTRboot when I'll receive it.
     
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    WELL, this is awkward... :mellow:

    Anyone who has read my previous post #11, disregard the parts about @yaum getting gypped.

    I added a disclaimer to styme giving Digitopz any more of a bad rep.
     
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